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Simon says “it’s official”

Many people assumed so, but it is only today, September 16, 2022, that Simon McBride became a permanent member of the band. A message to that effect was released today: Following the news in July that Steve Morse will be stepping back from the band, after more than a quarter of a century, Deep Purple […]

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Manny Charlton R.I.P.

The founding member of Nazareth guitarist Manuel “Manny” Charlton has passed away at the age of 80. Roger Glover writes: Very sad to hear that Nazareth’s guitarist, Manny Charlton, has died. I last met him about five years ago in Spain after losing touch for many years, and it was a lovely reunion. Nazareth played […]

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The floodgates have opened

The official Ritchie Blackmore Youtube channel we’ve discovered yesterday has posted 10 more clips of him talking about everything from Jimmy Page to his future in rock, along with a couple of live tracks. The spoken word bits for the most part are taken from the previousy released DVDs.

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Send lots of money

A new Ritchie Blackmore Youtube channel, ostensibly official, was inaugurated on June 23, 2022, with this unlisted video. It promises weekly updates of which not much has materialized since then

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Hobgoblins and pixies

A pretty nicely put together documentary on the history of Rainbow. It is stitched together from both contemporary interviews from the people involved (and some not at all), and retrospectives from Graham Bonnet, Richard the Difficult Misunderstood, Joe Lyn Turner, Bobby Rondinelli, and Dougie White.

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And this is how you drop the sticks properly

Paicey’s personal drum cam footage from a live version of 7 and 7 Is — German TV Rehearsal Take 1

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There’s your answer

Ritchie Blackmore has also resumed some very light touring with two shows in Pennsylvania. Here is some amusing anecdotage as told on May 19, 2022, in Harrisburg, followed by an old Purple classic Soldier of Fortune

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And that’s how they started Deep Purple

Guitar.com has more Blackmore quotes from his Sirius XM broadcast in April. On the nascient band that Chris Curtis was trying to form in early 1968: I was living in Hamburg and I got a telegram from Chris Curtis saying ‘Come on over, I need you. We’re making a band’. headed over to England. I […]

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He set the world on fire

Ritchie Blackmore was a guest host on SiriusXM’s Guitar Greats show last month (April 12) where he discussed some of his biggest guitar inspirations, and Jimi Hendrix in particular: When [Hendrix] came to England, Jeff Beck came up to me and said ‘Ritchie, we’ve got to do something about this guy’,” Blackmore said. “And I […]

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Learn to walk before running

Guitar Player presents these bits of wisdom from Steve Morse. In the early ’80s, during his Dixie Dregs years, the Deep Purple guitarist shared some fantastic tips that many electric guitar and acoustic guitar players will no doubt still find useful. We’ve had a rummage through the Guitar Player vault to bring you five of […]

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